by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Attorneys summed up their cases during closing arguments in the re-trial of Mark Angoco today. Prosecutor Gerald Henderson told jurors the evidence and testimony made it clear what Angoco's role was in the 1994 murder of Darwin Datuin, explaining that Angoco plotted with others to "Jack" the victim by using guns. Henderson said Angoco drove Datuin to a secluded location and shot him in the head in his truck and then had a 16-year-old cousin help him dump the body and scrub the crime scene.
"Sometimes you can't hide the truth. No matter how far you dump it in the jungle. No matter how hard you scrub away the blood. No matter how many stories you tell the police. Sometimes you can't hide the truth," he said. Henderson urged the jury to return a guilty verdict and bring justice to Datuin and his family.
Defense attorney David Lujan painted a much different picture spending several hours going through evidence and rehashing testimony provided during the three week long trial. Lujan told jurors that the government failed to meet its burden of proof. "The law says in every criminal case, since the defendant rather the government is the one that accuses a person of a crime, it is only fair that it's the government, that shoulders or bears or be responsible to prove the charges that it brings against the defendant," he said.
Lujan will continue his closing arguments tomorrow morning at 9:30.